Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (2001)

This song is awesome. I can’t remember how I found out about the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but this post has sat on the back burner for a couple of months. I downloaded the album and now I’ve listened to this song half a dozen times in a row, it is real catchy. In fact, the whole album is solid and plays through quite nicely.
BRMC has been around since the late 90’s, their style is a harder one to accurately describe but psychedelic hard rock paints a decent picture. A West Coast band with connections to the Dandy Warhols and Brian Jamestown Massacre. I’m really digging their sound and am rating this self-titled album at 90%.

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The Roots- Organix! (1993)

Originally self-released and sold at their European shows back in ’93 (Wiki) this album propelled the Roots onto commercial success. While relatively unknown, this is one of hip-hop’s cornerstone albums bridging the gap between “old school” and 90’s era rap.
The Roots have a drummer. That’s how good they are. They’re jazz influenced with spoken word parts, Rahzel was with them… they are so much a part of hip-hop that they can and do reject the whole “bling” factor that defiles so much of the genre.
I hunted for years for this album, when it was re-released in 1998 I bought it… and was profoundly disappointed. It isn’t a hip-hop release that grabs the listener, it is more art. Now, nineteen years later it is apparent that this is one of the albums that bridged the gap between old school, free-styling rap (like The Sugar Hill Gang) and the commercially marketed sound that dominates pop culture.
Organix! is a must have for the serious digital music collection, and for the same reasons as Benny Goodman, Beetoven and Elvis, while not everyone’s cup of tea it’s still good music.

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Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday; The Raging Bitch Syndrome, the Real Meaning of Christmas and Wolfmother- Cosmic Egg (2009)

Today’s Relationship Advice and Black Metal Wednesday has been slightly modified because it is CCRR’s birthday! (And because I am so hung over my brain feels like scrambled eggs)
This Relationship Advice Wednesday is about how people act around Christmas, specifically women. As soon as Halloween comes women start getting bitchier and bitchier until the final culmination of the total raging bitch on Christmas Day.
This is evolutionary proof that Christmas, Santa Claus, peace, love and joy are all bullshit marketed to us by Corporate America. The real reason for Christmas or the festival of the winter solace (or whatever one chooses to call it) is to get all the women of the community together to bitch at each other rather than their husbands. This in turn lead to a decline in cases of prehistoric domestic violence and thus the reason we celebrate Christmas.

I just noticed that this post is for Wednesday, after I had this Wolfmother post half written, so even though it is not black metal I am just going to run with it because my brain is mushy.
Wolfmother is an Australian hard rock band who toured with Dead Meadow and did this cover/reinvention of one of their songs. They are interesting, new(er) and while I’m not a huge fan of hard rock they do put on a good show. And this is a decent follow-up to yesterday’s Dead Meadow post, though in the future I doubt I will seek out this album to play I am still glad I have heard it earning it a rating of 70%.

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Dead Meadow- Three Kings (2010)

Here we have Dead Meadow’s Three Kings, a live album from 2010 and one of my all time favorites. I’ve heard people speak disparagingly about live records, but I honestly don’t understand.
This is an example of everything that is good about live albums with no new songs but a rich sound to their unique version of stoner rock that only comes through on live recordings. The band understood this premise and used it to full effect, this release made me fall in love with Dead Meadow, leaving it on repeat for a day or so at a time, this is a classic in every sense of the word.
I’ve heard them played in mall stores and on commercials lately, which is interesting that the reincarnation of an old DC Indie band from the 90’s has emerged as a mainstream symbol of American “coolness” fifteen years later. Which I find fitting because the same bands and scenes I found enthralling as a teen are now being spoon-fed to a global audience. (However, there are some genres that the world at large needs a few more years to appreicate, such as screamo)
Either way, I suspect that Dead Meadow is going to be like the Rolling Stones for the loser generation. Enjoy.

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.- Acid Motherly Love (2009)

Spaced-out psychedelic rock with drone qualities to it, AMT is more or less a collective based out of Japan. They have a mountain of releases, it seems like every couple months a new one comes out. On vynal of course, an they’re all considered collectors items.
The album is mellow and slightly droning, a good introduction to AMT because it the album cover is as odd and random as the music itself and is a very typical release from this group.

streaming on Bandcamp